The Eagle Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams returned to Mt. West League action last Friday as they traveled west to the Alsea Valley to challenge the Wolverines. The Eagle girls defeated Alsea easily 70-31. Other stats for the game were not available.
In the Boys game, McKenzie also defeated the host team 70-50. Eagle senior Caleb Scrivner led his team with another double-double as he scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Three other players from McKenzie scored in double figures according to a Register Guard report.
McKenzie played host to the Eddyville Eagle Girls Basketball team last Monday evening in a Mt. West League make up game that had been postponed due to weather conditions earlier in the season. The home Eagles defeated the coastal visitors 48-32 behind the scoring efforts of Makaila Hiddleston, who led all scorers with 22 pts. Hiddleston earned her own double-double by also hauling in 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Teammate Samantha Winningham dropped in 7 pts. to go along with 3 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. McKenzie held a 16-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but the feisty Eddyville team closed the gap in the second quarter as McKenzie's lead slipped to 3 at the break, 20-17. Head McKenzie Coach David Duncan had his team ready following halftime locker session as the home Eagles outscored Eddyville 18-9 to open up the game. The score at the end of the 3rd quarter was 38-26 and McKenzie secured the win by outscoring the visitors 10-6 in the final quarter. With the victory, McKenzie (currently ranked 17th in the OSAA State rankings) earned a tie at the top of the Mt. West League standings with the 6th ranked Triangle Lake Lakers. Both teams are 5-0 in League play. McKenzie is 9-2 overall on the season and the Lakers are 11-2. Both teams lock horns this Friday, Jan. 11, at Triangle Lake with the tip off set at 5:30 pm. for the girls and 7:00 pm. for the Boys. The Eagle Boys (5-0, 6-6) are one-half game back of the Laker Boys (6-0, 10-4) in the Mt. West League standings. Triangle Lake's gym will be packed and standing room only for the games, so supporters should arrive early to secure a good seat.